Datu’ is the name given to the ruling head of a clan or tribe during ancient, pre-colonial times of the Philippines. Colonization, cultural amnesia, and the reshaping of Philippine culture throughout generations have me and countless others almost completely disconnected from our roots. With no knowledge of what stories exist in the physical reality of my bloodline, the concept behind this album is my way of reconnecting with my ancestry in the spiritual realm of the creative flow state.
Chris Alfaro is Free the Robots; the musician, beat maker/ DJ, known for his ability to jump in and out of other worlds, creating a unique signature sound that hints at electronic, hip hop, jazz and psych, while remaining un-genre-fiable. His free flowing imagination, and tendency to go out of bounds keeps his productions and DJ sets constantly moving forward; away from robotic monotony, ultimately freeing the robots.
Based out of Los Angeles, CA, Alfaro has spent over a decade taking his craft to audiences around the globe. He is known as one of the pioneering artists to come out of LA's beat movement, and continues on building his line up of original recordings in unpredictable directions. The energy and technical skill behind his live performances have landed him a place among the greats, sharing stages with the likes of Flying Lotus, DJ Shadow, DJ Krush and Afrika Bambaataa.
More recently he has put focus on an array of different projects ranging from classic-future Rap with Opio (Hieroglyphics/ Souls of Mischief), to the latest instrumental beat experiment, Karavan with Lefto (Studio Brussels). Aside from his original productions he’s constantly in the crates, digging deep for his DJ sets, while controlling crowds on every level world wide. As an avid global wanderer, Alfaro constantly challenges himself drawing inspiration from everything in his path. Whether he focuses on the collection or the creation of music, he is naturally evolving with the freedom to do so. There is no telling what the Robots will do next.